by Eduardo Kohn, director of Latin American affairs at B'nai B'rith International
Aunque no hay confirmación ni noticias oficiales de que Israel haya efectuado bombardeos en Siria en las últimas 48 horas, todos los datos extraoficiales así lo indican.
¿Por qué la frontera entre Israel y Siria puede convertirse en un campo de batalla después de 40 años de tregua? La respuesta es sencilla, pero sus consecuencias pueden ser trágicas, como toda situación bélica. La Siria del dirigente sirio Bachar al Asad es hoy un protectorado iraní, e Irán es una amenaza existencial para Israel. Siria se desangra desde hace más de dos años en una guerra civil que ha costado la barbarie de casi 100.000 muertos civiles sin que a la comunidad internacional se le alteren los nervios...more
by Holly Andres
B'nai B'rith Bagel Brigade: Volunteers needed to pick up donated bread from bagel shops and supermarkets to be delivered to the needy. Volunteers needed for early morning and nights on choice of day. Frank, 818-376-0502. www.bagelbrigade.org
by Kara Rose
B’nai B’rith Homecrest House, an interfaith, nonprofit senior residence in Silver Spring, was approved for a $27,500 grant from the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to help residents pay for medication and therapeutic massage.
The foundation focuses on the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to help build stronger communities by supporting of programs in arts and humanities, community services, education, health and the environment, according to its website...more
Michael Shepherd of Bank of the West gets honored in San Francisco this month by the Jewish humanitarian group B'nai B'rith, which chose the CEO of the $63 billion-asset bank for its 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award. The award, a tradition for more than four decades, recognizes leadership and community service...more
B'nai B'rith Housing has proposed building 79 new condominiums atop street-level retail space on a city-owned parking lot at 28 Austin St. in Newtonville.
The Brighton-based developer, which has already developed the 33Comm condos in Newton's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, responded to a city request for development proposals for the surface lot with a plan for a single building containing one- and two-bedroom units, 85 public parking spaces and approximately 6,800 square feet of ground-floor retail...more
by Adam Kredo
A prominent Jewish group is criticizing the United Nations for inviting a 9/11 Truther who has accused Israel of committing acts of terrorism to address an upcoming conference.
Annie Machon, a former British intelligence officer who has said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “an inside job” in order to spur war in the Middle East, is scheduled to address a June 6 briefing jointly organized by the U.N. Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Relations (DPI-NGO) and the Swiss government’s permanent U.N. mission.
The briefing, “Determined to Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War,” will be held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Machon’s presence at the briefing prompted Jewish humanitarian organization B’nai B’rith International (BBI) to condemn her conspiratorial views.
“It is unimaginably inappropriate for Machon to be speaking at U.N. headquarters given her worldview,” BBI president Allan J. Jacobs said in a statement. “To blame 9/11 on a massive conspiracy is vile and outrageously disrespectful to the victims of the attacks in the city she’s speaking in.” ...more
More than 150 members of the Melbourne community have attended a “Drugs Without Borders: Rethinking Responses”, forum organized by B’nai B’rith Victoria.
The forum was co-hosted with The Brotherhood of St Laurence, Hatzolah Melbourne and Odyssey House Victoria.
Farah Farouque, a Senior Adviser to The Brotherhood of St Laurence, and former Journalist of “The Age”, as Moderator, Emeritus Professor David Penington AC as the Keynote Speaker, and a panel comprising Danny Elbaum, Operations Manager of Hatzolah, Dr Stefan Grunert, CEO of Odyssey House and Tony Nicholson, ED of The Brotherhood, surprised many if the audience with what they had to say...more
B'nai B'rith International cited in the story to call for Richard Falk's removal:
Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombings on “Tel Aviv.”
“[As] long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy,” Falk, the council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, wrote in an op-ed posted to the online Foreign Policy Journal on April 23.
B’nai B’rith International called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights Council...more
Richard Falk, an official for the U.N. Human Rights Council, in an online commentary blamed the Boston Marathon bombing on “Tel Aviv.” “(A)s long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy,” Falk, the council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, wrote in an Op-Ed posted to the online Foreign Policy Journal on April 23.
Falk, who has said the George W. Bush administration was complicit in the 9/11 attacks, also called the Boston attack “retribution” for the actions of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. In recent months, Falk published an anti-Semitic cartoon on his blog and called for a boycott of Israel. B’nai B’rith International called for Falk’s removal from the Human Rights Council, saying that his “latest string of inflammatory remarks — whether it be on the Internet or in one of his ‘reports’ to the council — has no place in the United Nations and his continued presence at the UNHRC further undermines the credibility of the system.” ...more